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Re: Japanese expression of date (Re: use of locale in "ls")

From: Tomohiro KUBOTA
Subject: Re: Japanese expression of date (Re: use of locale in "ls")
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 11:00:52 +0900
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At Wed, 19 Dec 2001 15:03:08 -0800 (PST),
Paul Eggert wrote:

> While we're on the subject, a more-traditional Japanese date format
> uses imperial years (e.g., 平成13年12月19日 rather than 2001年12月19日),
> and more-traditional Japanese times use Japanese AM/PM rather than a
> 24-hour clock.  These formats are what I see on the Imperial Household
> Agency's web site, for example.  No doubt some Japanese users would
> prefer this format to the Gregorian one.  But they consume even more
> columns and may be difficult to do correctly in a portable way (e.g.,
> to make the columns line up).

IMO, I don't like the imperial years.  It is confusing (sometimes it
resets when the Emperor dies).  It is 'imperial' only this 250 years.
Since it is limited by the lifetime of the emperor, it is nonsense to
say '平成1235年'.  A few people insist to abolish Emperism and thus
cannot be free from politics.

久保田智広 Tomohiro KUBOTA <address@hidden>
(Since this mail use Japanese, now I don't omit my real name in Kanji. :-)
"Introduction to I18N"  http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/intro-i18n/

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